Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

The role of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is to protect and enhance public and animal health by regulating medicines, medical devices and other health products. It also monitors the safety of cosmetics.

The HPRA was formerly known as Irish Medicines Board (IMB). In July 2014 The IMB became the HPRA the new name reflects its broader remit and regulatory functions which have expanded over a number of years to include:

  • Human medicines
  • Veterinary medicines
  • Clinical trials
  • Medical devices
  • Controlled drugs
  • Blood and blood components
  • Tissues and cells
  • Cosmetic products
  • The protection of animals used for scientific purposes
  • Organs intended for transplantation

Current Board Membership